November 19, 2018
On Saturday, November 17th, the Central Atlantic Conference held a special meeting to affirm Rev. Freeman Palmer as our new Conference Minister. The meeting was held in three churches across the conference. The main location was Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ in Frederick, MD and the action there was lived streamed to two satellite locations, Community Congregational Church in Short Hills, NJ and St. Stephens United Church of Christ in Harrisonburg, VA. The moderator for the meeting was Rev. Brian Murray.
Rev. Palmer led the meeting attendees in worship. After the meeting was called to order and the quorum was declared, Jill White, chair of the Conference Minister Search Committee, gave an overview of the search process and invited several members of the Search Committee to share their perspectives. Jill then invited Rev. Palmer back into the pulpit to share some personal remarks. He spoke of his knowledge and respect for the Central Atlantic Conference, the importance of supporting the local churches, challenges faced by the wider church and his love for the UCC. After a question and answer period, he was excused, and the delegates voted unanimously to affirm Rev. Freeman Palmer as the Conference Minister for the Central Atlantic Conference.
After the vote, the delegates celebrated Rev. Palmer, who expressed his gratitude for being given the opportunity to serve as the conference minister. Rev. Chuck Rush, chair of the Central Atlantic Conference Board of Directors, asked for the search committee, the board members and all in attendance to lay hands on Rev. Palmer and gave a closing prayer.
Now that Rev. Palmer has been affirmed as the Conference Minister, he will assume the position on February 1, 2019.
The Conference Board of Directors is grateful to Jill White and the Search Committee, the churches who hosted the meeting and all the delegates that gave of their time to participate in this very important meeting. We also want to express our gratitude to Rev. Roddy Dunkerson, who has served as our Interim Conference Minister since January of this year. His steady hand and heart for service has been a blessing for this conference.
We are excited about the one that God has sent to lead our conference and are committed to working with him as we look to the future.
The Central Atlantic Conference Board of Directors
Listen to Rev. Palmer lead worship
Listen to the Search Committee describe the process
Listen to Rev. Palmer's remarks